MapHook Holiday Contest – Easy to Enter, Fun to Win

Create a Hook about the holidays and you could win a $100 gift card to either iTunes, Google Play or Amazon (your choice). The Holiday Hook that gets the most Facebook “likes” wins. It’s that simple!

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Once you’ve created your Holiday Hook, get your friends to “like” it on our Facebook page or on our website at www.maphook.com/holidaycontest – all they have to do is click the Facebook “like” button. Viewing is open to everyone, so the more holiday spirit in your Hook, the more “likes” you’re likely to get!

MapHook Members – here’s how to create a Holiday Hook: Be merry, open the app and select “New Hook,” include a festive photo and let everyone know how you’re celebrating the yuletide! That’s it – you’re entered – you can check the contest page to make sure! Contest starts now and runs till 11:59pm January 4, 2015 – plenty of time to hook the holidays and rock the “likes.”

Not a MapHook Member? Join us – it’s fun, it’s social, it’s informative! Did you know Santa Claus is a member? Enter the Holiday Contest here and show him some cool yule!

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MapHook Holiday Contest: www.maphook.com/holidaycontest
MapHook Contest Rules: www.maphook.com/contestrules

 

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MapHook Creates London Pub Crawl Map

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MapHook has teamed up again with Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS) to help them map their pub crawl in London, England. That’s right a pub crawl – well actually they were testing mobile phone coverage in and around famous pubs in the center of London.  While some drinkers may be falling over in the pubs, GWS’s engineers found that the mobile networks tested aren’t less likely to do so as long as you’re just talking or using an older 3G networks.

The concept behind this testing was to see what a typical pub patron may experience when accessing their mobile network, whether making a call or searching Google to help them find answers to their Pub trivia quiz. Trivia nights are always a favorite at pubs, allowing customers to win prizes and expand their knowledge of certain topics, but – shhh don’t tell anyone – some patrons use their smartphones to help win.

GWS engineers tested, tossed back a few pints, and collected voice, 3G data and 4G data at these iconic pubs; after which we created a cool interactive map of their results.  Viewers can use the map get an idea of how reliable and fast the mobile service providers are in the heart of London. Is the pint half full of coverage or half empty?  See what the media thought by checking out these news articles: CommsBusinessRecombu, and TelecomsTech.

You can view our latest CultureHook mapping project – the London Pub Crawl Map here: http://www.gwsolutions.com/pubs.php

Also, be sure to keep a look out for more CultureHook mapping projects!!

Find it, Do it, MapHook it.

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Holiday Movie Map

 

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‘Tis the season to reminisce and find your favorite holiday movie. To help celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’ve launched an interactive map highlighting some of the most beloved real-life locations of America’s favorite holiday films. The Holiday Movie Map is the newest addition to our CultureHook portfolio, designed to help people discover more about the area around them.

Our new merry map displays dynamic pins (“hooks”) showing locations made famous in contemporary classics such as “A Christmas Story” and the loveable “Elf,” as well as time-honored holiday masterpieces including, “A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” The hooks contain curated content such as trivia and pictures about the movies and the locations where they were filmed. Use it to check out these holiday film spots and festive tidbits:

  • Ralphie’s family house in Cleveland, OH from “A Christmas Story” (there’s a rumor that from the right angle, you can even see the famous, scantily clad Leg Lamp in the windowsill)
  • The NYC building where Buddy the Elf spins and spins in the revolving doors in his excitement in the modern classic “Elf” (just don’t tell the doorman MapHook sent you when recreating the famous scene)
  • The Boat House where Sam and Jonah settle down after departing from Chicago in “Sleepless in Seattle”
  • The McCallister family home in Winnetka, IL (if you’re looking for Kevin – he might be asleep in the attic)

Whether you’re traveling or staying home for the holidays, you can quickly discover nearby locations made famous by these films – just go to www.maphook.com/holidaymoviemap. Better yet – download our app from iTunes or Google Play. Not only can MapHook users explore these holiday movie locations, but they can also comment on the films displayed and add their own favorites to the map. And, in addition to the holiday movie hooks, you can also view other cool film and TV related hooks by location – it’s all there in our Featured Hooks section.

Enjoy the holidays and create beautiful hooks!

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Picturing Mary

Picturing MaryMapHook has teamed up with the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to bring you an interactive map involving their upcoming landmark exhibit, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.  NMWA has organized an extensive yet extraordinary exhibit that includes over 60 unique and rare Renaissance and Baroque era masterworks of art from galleries, museums, churches and private collections located around the world.  The exhibit officially opens in early December; however, the public can get a sneak peak of these masterworks by visiting our Map on NMWA’s website: http://nmwa.org/meetmary

The Picturing Mary exhibit shows how the iconic image of Mary was portrayed by famous period artists through their paintings, sculptures, and textiles.  NMWA has divided the artwork into six different themes:

  • Mary as a daughter, cousin and wife
  • The mother of an infant
  • A bereaved parent
  • The Protagonist in a rich life story developed through the centuries
  • A link between Heaven and Earth
  • An active participant in the lives of those who revere her

Earlier in the month, NMWA started adding a theme every week to the Map; enabling viewers to trace the journey of each artwork and gain an appreciation for the style and context of each piece particularly in relation to the theme.  You can experience the Madonna as she was envisioned by great Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Botticelli, Dürer, Tiepolo, Gentileschi, and Sirani.

This wonderful collection of art has traveled from the Vatican Museums, the Louvre in Paris, and the Uffizi in Florence, among others, to NMWA’s gallery.  Many of these pieces have had only limited viewing by the public including several that have never been on display in the United States.  Use our Map to follow this fantastic journey!

Art lovers, historians, and people who like to see cool things – check out the Map at: http://nmwa.org/meetmary

Share your experience — open the MapHook app and create a Hook about this exhibit or about other artwork that inspires you!  Tell us about your favorite art museum — although we won’t be surprised if it’s NMWA – they have an awesome collection!

London Calling

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MapHook recently teamed up with Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS), a wireless network benchmarking firm, to create a cool map showing the results of their “mobile coverage” tests on commuter trains in and around jolly old London, England. Their focus was testing the 10 most popular daily commuter train routes into London.

Tickets please! GWS engineers conducted their testing over a period of two weeks by riding to and fro on the commuter trains – taking measurements, attempting voice calls, testing data speeds, popping Smarties, etc. The idea was to determine how bad or good the coverage and how slow or fast the connectivity including where on the route, why, and by whom (operator performance)!

Call failures, blocks, signal strength, data connectivity – all sorts of data was collected, formulated and studied. And all the big UK operators were tested including 3, EE, O2 and Vodafone. Once GWS’s engineers finished their analysis, they provided MapHook with the results and we got to work doing what we do best, MAPPING!

Our interactive map shows the best mobile operators and how they performed for voice, 3G data and 4G data on their mobile networks. London commuters you are not crazy – GWS’s results show where your calls and data connections drop and why!

Fun Facts from GWS’s Tests: 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on the commuter train routes failed during testing. Want to see more – click here to see a summary of GWS’s findings – these guys were busy!

Incredible Coverage: From the media that is — sorry commuters not so much on the train routes. BBC, Wired, The Times, The Telegraph, Huffington Post and many others showed a lot of interest in GWS’s test results and included our map in their coverage! If you have some time – go to GWS’s website and check out all the articles.

Viva Las Vegas Selfies

MapHook has partnered with Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS) again for another cool map project. This time we used our mapping skills to create a content rich map of the most popular hot spots in Las Vegas to take a selfie. GWS’s luckiest engineers got to hang out in Vegas and take measurements to determine upload speeds at these happening destinations – 21 locations in total to be precise.

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This is not just any map of well-known places in Las Vegas – our Selfie Map provides you the upload speeds ranked across the top hot spots – all the major networks were tested: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Now you know where to go to quickly upload your selfie to MapHook! Do I hear wedding bells in your future?

Let’s Play Monopoly

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Did you know that MapHook created a very unusual interactive “Monopoly” map for wireless benchmarking gurus, Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS).  Yes – the famous board game Monopoly.  It’s actually quite an interesting story!  GWS recently roamed the streets of London – near famous Monopoly locations, 21 in total, and collected network coverage data involving the big four UK mobile operators (3, O2, EE, and Vodafone) .  By “coverage data” we mean that GWS’s engineers tested the voice and data networks – collecting stats on dropped calls, blocks, signal strength, data speeds, etc.

GWS didn’t just do this because it’s what their very good at and because they love the game of Monopoly. They did all this extensive testing because they were asked by The Register – a very well-known and respected source of techy-type news in the UK.

The original Monopoly board was based on locations all around London; so, on behalf of The Register, GWS engineers packed up their sophisticated test equipment and jetted off to London town. After collecting, testing and analyzing, GWS’s brain trust gave their findings to MapHook to develop this cool interactive map.

To have the real Monopoly feel and look, we added a custom border around the map with all the original locations and we included a few new interpretations but you’ll have to check out the map yourself to see! Also, on the map, viewers can find GWS test results for voice, 3G data and 4G data displayed at each location.  We worked closely with GWS’s engineers to understand the results and present in a way that was easy for the average reader (and us!) to understand.

Check out The Register’s article to find out more about GWS’s test results. And do not pass Go! Do not collect $200 until you check our Map!

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